What a difference a year makes

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Written by David Haimes

This blog turned one year old this week, so a short review of the year is in order.

I started this blog after Open World 2007, mostly as a way to put answers ‘out there’ to the questions I was being asked multiple times during the conference. I was hoping to do a couple of posts a week and have managed a total of 74, or 1.4 per week, which considering I have got a lot more responsibility at work than 12 months ago I’m pleased with. Most of all I enjoyed the conversations, there have been 400 comments including one from Charles Phillips (indirectly) but I didn’t hear form Larry when I posted a picture of his Yacht which incidentally gave me by far my highest day of hits, the majority coming from Digg.

What has pleasantly surprised me about blogging is how much I have learned in the past year from the comments on the blogs and from following the plethora of other excellent Oracle bloggers that a year ago I didn’t really know existed. I’ve also spent a lot of time on twitter, following a lot of interesting, entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful people many of whom are also bloggers.

So all in all a good first year and now I look forward to the next one and wonder what the stars have in store for me over the next 12 months…

11 Responses

  1. Happy birthday! I wish your blog more growth and prosperity for many many years to come.

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  2. Congrats. Blogging is way harder than it looks, and making it a year without quitting is a big accomplishment. It’s also oddly rewarding. Who knew?

    Here’s to another year.

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  3. @Eddie – I’ll just take it one year at a time!

    @Jake – Yes way hard, but you make it look easy

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  4. and you totally kicked my rear on # of posts too, no wonder I thought you were around longer than TalentedApps. Since we have yet to get that promised cake maybe we should do a joint-party to celebrate.

    Awesome work David.

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  5. Hi David:
    Many happy returns of the day on turning one!
    During my first year of blogging I had 102 posts, but by the second year had lost quite a bit of steam and had only 61 posts. The challenge is indeed to do a day job for 8-10 hours (10-12hrs for you I guess), then thinking something interesting to post.
    I am thinking of writing 3-4 posts during the weekend and scheduling the posts to appear online during the week!
    Here’s to many more years of blogging!
    Cheers!

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  6. Wow! That’s incredible! Congratulations David.

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  7. Happy anniversary, David.

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  8. @Meg My friend has an awesome bakery (http://doebakery.blogspot.com/) I’ll try and talk to her over the weekend.

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  9. @mohan you’re dedication is a great example, I hope I can get somewhere close to your stamina. Finding the time is very tough, so I’m setting a target of one post a week for the coming year, which should be very manageable.

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  10. Congratulations, David…

    I know it takes dedication to do that… and you’ve had some great posts over the year!
    Thanks for all you do…
    Happy blog-a-versary ,@Sanjit

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  11. Thanks @Sanjit I can’t compete with the quantity and depth of posts you produce on your blog, which is a great resource.

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